Schools in need of lollipop men and women

March 27 2017

LOLLIPOP men or women are needed at two schools in Yate and Chipping Sodbury to help children get to and from class safely.

LOLLIPOP men or women are needed at two schools in Yate and Chipping Sodbury to help children get to and from class safely.

A number of schools in South Gloucestershire want to take on crossing patrol staff, including North Road Primary in Yate and St John’s Mead Primary in Chipping Sodbury.

There are 41 school crossing patrol sites in the district but currently ten vacancies to fill.

Road safety officer Wendy Dykes said: “The main duty of a school crossing patrol is to judge when it is best to signal for traffic to stop and to ensure the safety of the people wishing to cross.

“We also look for our patrols to build and maintain a good working relationship with the children, parents, drivers and the schools that does not compromise the safety or the efficient and effective operation of the site.”

Lollipop men and women have been a feature in communities for more than 60 years and since 2001 they have been able to help not just children across the road but anyone who needs assistance to do so.

The work is paid and although patrol times vary at different schools, they are generally for 30 minutes in the morning from around 8.30am and a further half an hour in the afternoon from about 3pm during term time only.

Anyone interested should phone South Gloucestershire Council on 01454 863611 for further information.